Art  180
Digital Photography
(New number: Art 141 Introduction to Digital Photography)

Students need to read the How Do I Survive this Online Class.

Vital Questions 
When does the class begin? This class begins on Jan. 23. Any students who has not contacted the instructor by e-mail message or phone call by Jan. 26 may be dropped from the class. The e-mail message need only say the student is ready to begin.
What are the assignments and when are due due? Students will be expected to:
  • Submit photographs as digital images, attached to email messages, to be viewed by the entire class and be commented on by class members.
  • Enter discussion board messages critiquing other students' work.
  • Submit other photographs as digital images to the instructor as weekly assignments.
  • Participate in further class activities through the Webct classroom.

Images will not be accepted if:

  • They are not .jpg files.
  • They are not named correctly. Each lesson explains how to name the submitted files.
  • They were not taken by you.
  • In the instructor's opinion, they might offend other students. These could include nudes, political and religious images. Any such images the instructor feel's might offend other students can be used for assignments but will not be displayed for the rest of the class to view.

Check the class calendar for due dates.

Assignments are always due at 8am on the day specified in the class calendar. Since in an online class, assignments can be turned in any hour of the day or night, it is necessary to have a time due. Assignments arriving in messages that were posted at 8:30 am will be considered late. The moral of this is finish up the assignment and turn it in the day before it is due.

What if I am absent? In an online class, since you can work on assignments 24/7, due dates are firm. If you cannot complete an assignment on time, contact the instructor.
This class is intensive and requires attendance and work completed each week. Anyone not in communication with me for any two week period (without prior approval) will have an F grade recorded as the final class grade and their semester will be over early. The worst part of an online class is procrastination!!!
Can I turn in late assignments? Yes. Each week an assignment is late, its worth drops 5 points. Since most assignments are worth 20 points, this means after 3 weeks late, the assignment won't be worth enough to bother turning in. The late assignment is graded and the result reduced the 5, 10 or 15 points. Any last, late assignments must be turned in no later than May 12.
What are these comments on photos?

Student Comments:
Submitted photos will be shown on a web page, without the submitting student's name. Students will be expected to comment on other students' photos 6 times during the semester. If the class has 25 students, you can see this will require a substantial amount of work. Comments contents are expected to be thorough for all photos.

What is this individual project? This project replaces a final test and counts for a significant portion of your grade. It is a set of four separate photos with a common theme. They will show what you have learned during the class. They are the only photos submitted, which will be graded for their quality. More information on the requirements of the project will be presented after the midterm.

A sample student project is available for viewing for the first couple weeks of the semester. From WebCT's main menu, click on Photo Collections and then on Sample Project.

Can I do extra credit to improve my grade? Yes, if your average is below a C and if you have turned in all assignments. It does no good to do extra credit if you are not turning in regular assignments.
What software is covered in this class? To complete this class, the student needs a specific photo editor.  Paintshop Pro 9 can be purchased through the Internet for $70-99. It is available from other Internet sites and stores.

Note: If you have another photo editor with all the capabilities of Paintshop Pro 9, use it, but most students who have tried this in the past were disappointed later in the semester when they realized their photo editor actually did not have the same functions. If you use a different photo editor, it will be up to you to figure out the different commands for your editor. You will also be held responsible for any functions you can not do in the class. It is my advise that you purchase Paintshop Pro 9.

What do I need to begin this class?  Note: For this class, the student is required to work with digital images but not necessarily work with a digital camera.
  • Any digital camera.
  • Access to a color printer (for one assignment).
  • Access to MS Word (for two assignments).
  • Be able to work with numerous data files.
  • Be able to work with Windows.

Text book: Paint Shop Pro 9 for Dummies
0-7645-7935-5, Published by
It is available at the GBC bookstore.


Course Description:

Photography is a hobby most people delve into. In the future, most photography will be done digitally. This course  is designed to do two things:

Course Objectives:

    Become a better photographer by:

    Become a digital photographer by:

The above objectives will be measured using a combination of:

  1. Turning in specific types of photos.
  2. Turning in photos to show their manipulation.
  3. Complete comments on student photos.
  4. Join in discussions with other students.
  5. Create digital images by scanning.
  6. Create prints, desktop publishing documents and web pages.
  7. Work in a group setting.
  8. Create an individual project of photos.

Spring 2006

Revision date: Nov. 21, 2005

Credits: 3

Instructor: Larry Hyslop

Office: High Tech Center- 132

Office hours: M-W,F 10-11
(Best time to call)

Great Basin College

1500 College Pkwy.

Elko, NV 89801

Phone: 775-753-2305 (office) 

753-8095 (home, before 7pm) 

775-753-2160 (college fax)

Email (outside of WebCT):

Note: I check my email M-F only.





Instructional Methods:

The class will be taught by introducing a new skill or concept. The student practices on the computer by going through a tutorial in the book. Assignments are completed and turned in.

Cumulative grades will be determined as follows:

 100-98 A+
  97-93 A
  92-90 A-    
  89-88 B+    
  87-83 B      

  82-80 B-
  79-78 C+
  77-73 C
  72-70 C-
  69-68 D+
  67-63 D
  62-60 D-
  <60   F


Your completed photos will be displayed for the benefit of the entire class. If this bothers you, please notify me in writing during the first week of class.


This is a full semester class requiring considerable time spent on the computer each and every of the 16 weeks. You must be prepared to make this commitment.

Special Needs:

GBC supports providing equal access for students with disabilities. An advisor is available to discuss appropriate accommodations with students. Please contact the ADA Officer (Julie Byrnes) in Elko at 775.753.2271 at your earliest convenience to request timely and appropriate accommodations

Getting started: